Posts Tagged ‘government’

UAW Shows the Ugly Face Behind Its Friendly Mask

UAW Shows the Ugly Face Behind Its Friendly Mask

News broke yesterday that the United Auto Workers has begun aggressively bullying workers at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The union released a list of “scab” workers and called on union members to confront those workers to get them to fall into line.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the statement that accompanied the list of names read as follows:

“The following individuals are NON-dues paying workers. They have chosen to STOP paying Union Dues and still reap the rewards of your negotiated benefits,” the sign says. “If you work near one of these people listed please explain the importance of Solidarity and the power of collective bargaining.”

While this is unsurprising given the UAW’s history, these tactics prove that the only way the union can bilk money from workers is to use force and intimidation. And it’s using its own members as its henchmen. This disgusting display should be brought to an immediate end by the GM plant’s leadership.

This further shows that workers at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant better watch out. We’ve been sounding the alarm that the UAW will stop at nothing to fund its radical political agenda. While it may try to mask its true intentions at the Chattanooga plant by creating a voluntary, dues-free union, what is happening in Spring Hill let’s us see the ugly truth behind that mask.

-Justin Owen

October 8th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Recent News

That’s Some “Fine” Nature Photography

That’s Some “Fine” Nature Photography

In this week’s “Can Government Get Any Stupider?” entry, it will soon be illegal to take pictures in certain national parks. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it will begin fining photographers $1,000 for snapping photos of nature. Akin to taxing the air we breathe, this is just another boneheaded idea for a government agency to rake in more money. If the Forest Service is so bored that it’s found it necessary to target nature photographers—and violate the First Amendment in the process—maybe it’s time to have a discussion about whether the agency needs to exist in the first place.

And for those environmentalists who claim this is a wise approach to “protect” public lands, I have two responses. First, the lands are public because we taxpayers forked over the dough to make them so, thus we’re entitled to traipse all over them and take as many pictures as our SD cards can hold. And second, if you really want to preserve land from “the public,” un-hug that tree, get a job, and buy it yourself. Once it’s your land, you can stop people from “exploiting” it. Until then, don’t try and convince some government bureaucrat to tell us what we can and can’t do with our land.

-Justin Owen

September 25th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Feature, Recent News

Let’s Decentralize Stupidity

Let’s Decentralize Stupidity

My head nearly exploded into a million pieces earlier this week when my good friend Ben Cunningham sent me an article titled, “Let’s Nationalize Amazon and Google.” I’m not even going to link to the main article to spare you the brain rot, but you can…ahem, Google it if you want to find it.

I will, however, run counterpoint to the asinine article’s main arguments from rendering unto Caesar these tech giants:

These companies’ existence is thanks to the government-created Internet, so the government has a right to all they’ve built thereafter.

Giving government exclusive control over everything that derived from the Internet—or anything else it happened to have a hand in creating—would lead the entire world back into the stone ages, and innovation would be annihilated.

And under that same logic, can the private sector then take back everything that it created from the grasp of government? Healthcare, education, professional licensing, our sports teams (and their names), just to name a few.

Google and Amazon are necessities without which we cannot live.

My wife will tell you that I’m an Amazon junkie (I bought nails online this week to avoid the store), so I can empathize with the whole necessity angle. But in economics, public goods must be (a) non-excludable, meaning that freeloaders can use them even without paying, and (b) non-rivalrous, meaning that if one person consumes or uses the good, it doesn’t reduce the good for another. National defense is perhaps the best example of a public good. If you don’t pay taxes, you still benefit from our military; and your “use” of national defense doesn’t reduce its availability for someone else to use.

Under no circumstances could Google and Amazon be considered public goods and thereby subject to exclusive control of the government. I can’t just take toilet paper or shoes from Amazon without paying, and when I purchase those things, someone else can’t have them. It fails the public good test, no questions asked.

They’re at near monopoly status and they abuse their power.

Yeah, so let’s turn them over to government where they will be true monopolies and have the force of law to abuse their power even further. Would you conduct your personal searches on IRS.com? Do you really believe that package is going to arrive on time when you use the Post Office over FedEx? If so, then sure, let’s make Google and Amazon public utilities.

They got tax breaks and handouts in their quest for world domination.

I’m going to actually agree with this criticism, though not the ultimate solution. Companies should not get special treatment like tax incentives or handouts. But because they do does not entitle the government to take them over…or does it? Maybe companies should be wary of all those incentive packages, lest they let the government creep too far into their operations. It’s like an iron fist inside a velvet glove.

Again, if you want to actually read the article, Google it while you still can. Given the recent rollout of Healthcare.gov, once we have Google.gov, you’ll probably have a tough time turning up the right search results.

-Justin Owen

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July 10th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Feature, Recent News

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